Royals drop the final two in Chicago

It took a little longer to complete, but the KC Royals and Chicago White Sox finally completed Friday night’s game this afternoon. The Royals lost in walk off fashion, 3-2.

They then lost the originally scheduled game, 5-3.

In Friday night’s suspended game, the two teams started the game back up in the top of the ninth with the game tied at 2-2.

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon at the plate on St. Patty's Day 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon at the plate on St. Patty’s Day 2014 (Jen Nevius).

The White Sox sent David Robertson to the mound and he struck out the side (Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, and Alex Gordon) around a fielding error.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Royals sent Kelvin Herrera to the mound (yes he is still awaiting his appeal). Herrera got the first two hitters out before walking Melky Cabrera. A wild pitch put Melky into scoring position, so he then intentionally walked Jose Abreu. That opened the door for Avisail Garcia, who singled home Melky for the walk off celebration.

In the second game, the Royals out-hit the White Sox 8-6 with four extra base hits. However, they struck out 13 times.

They were also hurt by a HUGE error at third base by Mike Moustakas.

The Royals led 3-0 before the Moose error opened the flood gates in the sixth. With one out and runners on the corners, Abreu hit a ground ball to third that Moose just missed. A run scored. Then Adam LaRoche followed with an RBI single. Another single loaded the bases, but Royals starter Edinson Volquez rebounded to get a strikeout.

But then Conner Gillaspie drove in two with a single to end Volquez’ afternoon. Jason Frasor allowed an RBI single to the first batter he faced before getting out of the inning.

Prior to the sixth, Volquez had just three base runners: a walk in the first, his error in the fourth, and an Abreu single in the fourth.

 

Moose drove in a run in the third and Alex Gordon hit a two-run home run off White Sox starter John Danks in the fourth. It was one of his two hits. He also had an outfield assist and dove into the seats to make a catch.

 

 

The Royals now head to Cleveland for three games (then home to play Detroit and Cleveland and then off to Detroit over the next two weeks). Jason Vargas is the scheduled starter on Monday night, as the Indians send reigning CY Young award winner Corey Kluber to the mound.

 

*The Royals called up Aaron Brooks, who was supposed to start on Saturday night for Triple-A Omaha, to be the 26th man in today’s doubleheader. He did not pitch and was sent back.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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